Subscription productivity services such as Google Workspace and Microsoft 365 have, understandably, seen a surge in user numbers, and have seen a focused attempt by their respective development teams to expand, improve and diversify their services to match the growing need. But, as people get down to work in Word, Excel or PowerPoint, what other apps are on the table that might be missed?
Over the coming weeks we’ll be taking a look at some of the “hidden gems” of Microsoft 365 – Features like Sway (which we previously blogged about), that are largely unknown and unused by many.
Microsoft Stream – as may be obvious from the name – is a video streaming platform designed for organisational users of Microsoft 365.
It allows users to upload videos to a centralised organisational streaming platform, a bit like YouTube or Vimeo, but personalised to your organisation or business and allowing viewing or editing only by those who have been granted access to it.
Perhaps one of the most obvious uses for a platform like this is to deliver training or introductory content, especially if the members of the group requiring training are working remotely or in a hybrid arrangement. Uploading video training or introductory content also allows people to watch or rewatch at their own pace, to refer back to a particular video if they need reclarification, or just need to refresh their memory on how a particular process works.
Keep a record of all of your meetings and events in one place, allowing people to refer to a particular meeting that they may have missed, or check back on the specifics of an important discussion. All kinds of videos can be stored and made available on demand on Stream. With secure access controls, you can also make sure that only those who need access to these videos receive permission to access them.
Linking into the Teams platform, Stream allows you to stream live events to up to 10,000 attendees. Record and share them, to keep your colleagues up to date, or even use video content to connect to your customers and clients by offering them streaming or on-demand resources and information such as webinars.
It’s often easier to understand ideas and concepts when presented with visual aids, instead of using just voice chat and an explanation. Collaborate with your colleagues and share ideas naturally and with greater ease using video; view it and use it within many other apps you use everyday on Microsoft 365 using the Stream integrated platform.
Stream could help to improve “Information Equity” in your organisation – making sure everyone has equal access to the information and resources they need to learn and perform effectively.